Harry Jones was lively in last week's practice match against Melbourne. (Photo: Essendon FC)

AFL Media has had a look at how the newest Bombers are tracking and who could be in line for a senior debut in round one.

Harrison Jones (NAB AFL Draft, No.30 overall)
The key forward has impressed with a high leap and strong hands at training. He was a lively presence inside 50 in Essendon's practice match win over Melbourne last week, booting a major. With injury concerns to Joe Daniher, James Stewart and Noah Gown, Jones should get a chance to impress early. 


Nick Bryan (NAB AFL Draft, No.38 overall)
The ruckman out of Oakleigh will excite Bomber fans with his athleticism and endurance base. The Dons see Bryan and Sam Draper as being able to play together in the future.


Ned Cahill (NAB AFL Draft, No.56 overall)
Cahill is a small forward with a brilliant goal sense who has come along quickly. The Bombers are well-stocked with small forward options, but Cahill has impressed in his short time with the club.


Lachlan Johnson (NAB AFL Draft, No.63 overall)
The hard-tackling Johnson joined the club through the Next Generation Academy but will miss most of this year as he recovers from a knee reconstruction. 


Cian McBride (International Rookie Selection)
The 197cm McBride was one of Essendon's two Irish selections. McBride is quick over short distances, has a great leap and strong hands, showing glimpses of his talent in last week's win over Melbourne. The Bombers may look to settle McBride in defence.

Cian McBride is put through his paces at The Hangar. (Photo: AFL Photos)

Ross McQuillan (international rookie selection)
McQuillan recorded a lightning-quick 20-metre sprint time of 2.77 seconds at the AFL Europe combine in 2019. The 188cm Irishman played as a forward in Gaelic football. 

Ross McQuillan training at Essendon's pre-season camp in Coff's Harbour. (Photo: AFL Photos)

Who could play in round one?
Jones looks the most likely to play in round one due to the injury list and his strong pre-season so far. Cahill could surprise a few, but a strong Marsh Community Series could do a lot for his hopes. Bryan will be a slow burn for the Bombers.